Internationalists lead the way

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Cricket in the sunshine returned to Titwood at the weekend, but PSL Team Sports Clydesdale were toppled from the top of the CSL West Premier league table by Uddingston.

The league reverse came just three days after Clydesdale won their West League Cup midweek semi-final against the same team at Bothwell Policies.

‘Dale skipper Zeeshan Bashir opted to bat first on a dry but slow pitch. Few batsmen were troubled, but the initial run-rate of the Clydesdale innings was somewhat below par.

Bashir himself led from the front, but was out four short of a half-century. He shared a good partnership with internationalist Majid Haq, who made 52, and former captain Kasim Farid chipped in with an enterprising 42.

But it took a blistering attack by Scotland all-rounder Safyaan Sharif in the closing overs, blasting 36 in no more than 14 balls, including four fours and two sixes that soared out of the ground, to lift the final total to 222 for the loss of eight wickets.

Against most teams, this might have been sufficient, but not against Uddingston, who take a particular delight in winning matches at Titwood. Their Sri Lankan professional anchored their innings with a fine 75, but Scotland star Calum MacLeod raced to 76 not out to ensure an easy victory for the away team with 11 balls to spare.

Meanwhile, in the West first division, Weirs lost a thrilling game against Renfrew by just three runs at Albert Park. The visitors posted a target of 217-7 in their 50 overs, and in reply Weirs reached 214-7 before running out of overs.

Internationalist Moneeb Iqbal led the way with a fine innings of 80, well supported by Mo Shah (41) and Russell Murray (30), but the bold bid for victory ultimately proved fruitless.

NVT Poloc travelled to play Ferguslie, but returned to Poloc after being trounced by 67 runs with 16 overs to spare.